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Commentary

Gas well, not fence, is a priority in village

Personally, I think that a fence for Barker Common in Fredonia is a very bad idea. Such a controversial proposal should be put before the entire community so that everyone might have a say.For the past eight years, we have seen near dictatorial rule from the Democrats in Washington. Our little ...

Tough to stay cool on climate change

"The whole climate is changing: the winds, the ocean currents, the storm patterns, snow packs, snowmelt, flooding, droughts. Temperatures is just a bit of it."- John HoldrenAs our temperatures rise, the tempers have flared. Anyone who has experienced the hostility of a sweltering hot summer ...

Magic at the market

The number of requests have been most numerous! I refer to requests to repeat one of my past columns. It is heartening to receive such requests. The column, to which I refer, first appeared in print three years ago.Because of the content of that column and this now being the agricultural ...

VILLAGE DEBATES: Fredonia issues spark concerns

By DALE RICKERI would like to commend the Italian Festival committee for taking for taking on such a worthy cause as trying to raise funds for a new police station. As a retired member of the Fredonia Police Department, I can assure the public that we have needed a new station. For many years, ...

Voice of residents matters in park proposal

By RIANNA MOORE, Ph.D.An open letter to Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis:I'm writing to strongly object to the fence proposed for Barker Common, and to the process used to arrive at a decision about the fence. I am sending this as an open letter, copied to the OBSERVER, because you asked in the ...

The politics of ‘Dangerism’

Dangerism is a term introduced by Gever Tulley in his insightful book called "Beware Dangerism!"It is primarily about parents being overly protective of their children. By shielding their kids from all danger, they are protecting them from the simple and effective lessons of life. A normal kid, ...

What’s age? Spirit is what counts

I often ask myself why do girls know how to do some things and boys know how to do other things? Both can ride bikes, but only boys can fix bikes and girls can't. Maybe God was so smart, we need each other!I'm having trouble with my T.V. I have no idea how to fix it. Guys know. It's great when ...

Getting away from some of it

My wife and I recently vacationed on Cape Cod. We've spent most of our vacations in the outer cape town of Eastham for the last 25 years. I find that I enjoy vacations in my retirement almost as much as I did when I was working.While on vacation I was struck by several things that both stirred ...

A new thief emerges

Not having seen any jays for a while, I had stopped putting peanuts in their feeder.Admittedly this does get one into a cycle for, if there's nothing to eat, obviously the blue jays will find better hospitality elsewhere.Realizing the common sense involved here, I filled their feeder the other ...

Fence park proposal a ‘disappointment’

I love the village of Fredonia! I support the village mayor, trustees and departments. That being said, I don't always agree with their decisions or views for the village.Since the first village meeting where the parks grant was presented, I have not been in favor of the fence and hedge line ...

No easy diagnosis for depression

I caught part of an interview with a psychiatrist. The radio talk show subject matter was on depression. He answered questions on the subject of depression from the interviewer and call-ins.I thought he did an outstanding job differentiating the unique symptomatology of each person who ...

America’s ‘discontent’ has chance for change

It would be wonderful to write about something that could bring a smile to one's face, cause a deep belly laugh, and watch the tears of happiness run down the cheeks of the citizens of the world, but sadly that is not today's reality.Wonderful is not always easy, and the sad truth is that in ...

Exploring the power of the mind

A few years ago I wrote an article on memories. It is an idea I have had. I offer it here as only an opinion. I know it sounds crazy, but to me it has some merit.I was working on a Quote Anacrostic puzzle the other day. The clue for an entry was "Portuguese explorer." Without thinking a bit, ...

Voters need to see the light in November

It is very obvious that this is an election year, because all of the so-called self-proclaimed experts are out. But what the public must know is that opinions don't count.Of course, there will be those who may believe their propaganda and yes, it is only propaganda. You can't believe everything ...

Who’s the gatekeeper?

We have a solution to the beautification project proposed for Barker Commons regarding a new fence for the park. It has been proposed to erect a fence around the perimeter.However, some people have expressed a concern that such a fence would keep people out, that the elderly would have less ...

Privatizing threatens airports

With approximately 7,000 planes in flight over the United States at any given time, the nation's air traffic control system is among the most vital functions that our government carries out every day.In New York, access to safe and affordable flights is integral to our local economy. In ...

Democracy is a daily process

I attempt to keep in touch with those responsible for local, county and statewide legislation. A recent issue is pension forfeiture for those lawmakers convicted of felony misconduct.State Sen. Cathy Young has proposed a bill to enact such a provision. I called her office and said to the woman ...

The joy of family and some wisdom

It's been a very busy time for me! Last Wednesday night, my son Dan flew in from Florida. He told me he was going to rent a car to get here around seven. It was almost 8 and I hadn't heard a word from him. I was getting worried. Why didn't he call? I was going to wait until 8 and then call the ...

Simplifying the farm acreage report

By JAMES BARBERThe U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency requires farmers participating in our programs to submit an annual report on all cropland use on their farms. Crop insurance agents for providers approved by the USDA Risk Management Agency also require these reports to ...

The joke’s on me

Somewhere I have two full pages of good (well, I thought so) jokes culled from earlier readings. They seem hopelessly lost now.It's hardly my intent to fill a page with jokes (most quite bad at that) but to call attention to this coming Sunday, July 24, which, I'm told, is National Tell an Old ...